Kevin from Cork, Ireland…you SUCK!

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kevin from Cork Ireland -- an idiot and his graffiti

There are few things I dislike in this world. Green peppers, Paris Hilton, the public clipping of toe nails – minor annoyances. All superficial really.

But one thing that’s creeped onto that pet peeve list lately is graffiti. Not the arty, subversive Banksy-type stuff gritty’ing up inner-city walls, but the handwritten crap that scars tourist attractions across the globe. The “I-was-here-but-now-I’m-gone-so-I-left-my-name-to-turn-you-on” variety – scrawled, scratched, and scribbled by Sharpie-wielding halfwits on holidays.

What compels these morons to impart lowbrow limericks or “Joanie + Chachi 4Ever” missives I’m not sure. Bathroom walls are one thing, but on sacred and solemn sites? Tsk, tsk. One thing I do know…

Kevin from Cork, Ireland is one of those morons.

Do not write or paint on the photos or wall

There shouldn’t need to be signs reminding you not to write on the walls here, but regardless, idiots like our pal Kevin do just that.

This is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum barbed wire

In quieter times, it was a high school. Nicknamed S-21, Pol Pot’s communist Khmer Rouge regime used it as a prison during its rise to power in 1975 up to its fall in 1979.

Photos of victims of Pol Pot's regime, Tuol Sleng Prison Genocide museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today it is a museum documenting the thousands who were tortured and murdered both here and at nearby Choeung Ek – the most infamous of the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

Prison shackles, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng prison bed

When Tuol Sleng was discovered by the invading Vietnamese army in 1979, combat photographer Ho Van Tay documented what he saw when he entered each cell. Today, his chilling photos are on display in each of the rooms.

Photo of S21 prison victim, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Toul Sleng prison bed photo

Of the up to 20,000 people who were imprisoned here, only 7 made it out alive.

human skull at tuol sleng prison Phnom Penh

Graves at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng prison window in black and white

The sad thing is, Kevin is not alone. There are hundreds of feeble-minded vandals armed with markers, crayons, and yes, even lipstick, who feel the need to deface in a multitude of languages.

Tuol Sleng graffiti

Graffiti at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Tuol Sleng S21 wall graffiti

S21 wall graffiti

I don’t get it. And I’m not sure what else to say.

Except maybe…

Kevin from Cork, Ireland (and those like you)…you SUCK!

I am a travel blogger and freelance travel writer. I left behind my cubicle-shaped cell to see the world. Now I inspire others to shake the shackles and escape through travel. This is my blog.

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